DO get excited when Joe shows you the stuffed Kung Fu Pand he just won from the crane vending game at Peter Piper Pizza, where his T-ball team is celebrating the end of the Little League season. Afterall, it is an amazing feat to win a toy from those crane machines! Especially on the first try.
DO smile and wave as he runs off to play another game.
DON'T freak out when a little girl comes running to you, yelling that your son is stuck inside one of the games.
DON'T knock over any little kids as you race to save your son.
DON'T stop to wonder why Joe's teammates are yelling at him to hurry and warning him that his Mom is coming.
DO stop to wonder when (as you round the corner) Joe's teammates yell "Hide!", drop several stuffed animals to the floor, run off without a backward glance, and hide behind other games.
DO ask your son why he is lying in front of the crane vending machine.
DO NOT freak out as your son explains that he just climbed out of the machine because the crane wasn't working for his teammates and how that wasn't fair, so he climbed inside the machine to get toys for them.
DO NOT , I repeat, DO NOT, no matter how tempting it may be, ask your son to climb back into the machine again just so you can see it yourself and maybe snap a picture or two. Seriously! Don't do it!
DON'T laugh or crack a smile while trying to expain to the boy why it's wrong to climb into the machine and take toys, even though you agree with him that it isn't fair that the machine doesn't work everytime and that it wasn't fair that he got a toy but not his friends.
DO feel free to laugh about it later while explaining to Hubby.
THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN 6/12/2009 AT 10:00 AM